For the Tribe football squad, spring practice kicked off Friday, stretching four weeks until the Spring Game on April 18th.
For the next month, we’ll have several College players checking in every week with updates and stories from spring camp.
Senior safety David Caldwell
David Caldwell checking in. We are currently coming to the end of our winter workout program and so far it has been very successful. I feel like the entire team has been dedicated to improving in many areas, such as our speed and strength. We’ve also worked very hard with our position groups to get better in position specific areas.
Looking forward to the fall, and speaking specifically for my side of the ball, we all know that taking advantage of a tough winter conditioning program is especially important, as we will be an undersized defense. Working on becoming stronger and more explosive goes hand-in-hand with becoming faster, as speed will be an area we will rely heavy upon.
Overall we’ve all been tough and demanding on each other and have raised the bar for our expectations for the winter program. With all the hard work our morale and enthusiasm has remained high and we look to carry forth our efforts and high expectations into the spring and eventually the 2009 football season.
That’s all for now, check back soon for more on the inside with the Tribe.
Senior tight end Rob Varno
Hello, I am Rob Varno, a senior tight end for the College of William and Mary. This is my first blog of the spring season.
Spring practice is upon us as another successful winter conditioning program comes to a close. Those of us who are rising seniors enter our final spring season with mixed emotions: pride at the closing of a career, sadness that it’s our last, but mostly excitement of what’s to come in our final season. Underclassmen finally have the opportunity to show what they’re made of and graduate from the scout team that we all began on. The attitude and work ethic of the team throughout the entire winter was that of a group of hungry competitors itching to make up the short comings of the previous season.
The winter conditioning program was both challenging and beneficial. Head Speed, Strength and Conditioning Coach John Sauer once again created a comprehensive workout of weight training, conditioning, and speed & agility that challenged us all, both young and veteran. Following our return from spring break we completed testing in the weight room, but our on field-conditioning test was rained out. As a team we tested pretty well following the break and it reflected the hard work put in throughout the winter.
This spring needs to be a productive one for us. We know that we must continue to work to build upon the success of last season and improve where we failed. On both sides of the ball we are returning experienced starters but must also fill some holes left by graduation. This spring is highly anticipated by us all and we are looking forward to getting back to work on the field.
I will keep you posted on the progress of the squad as we move through these next critical weeks.
Senior defensive end Adrian Tracy
Hello world, junior defensive end, Adrian Tracy checking in. Looking back on last year, great improvements were made, yet work still must be done, as we look to be more successful in the up coming 2009 Fall season.
As winter workouts come to an end and spring ball is approaching, the work is just beginning. This winter has been one of the most successful strength and conditioning programs since I have been here, across the board. The previous season’s success’ and failures were used as fuel as, John ‘Rock’ Sauer, our strength and conditioning coach, prescribed an offseason workout that pushed each player to their limit. This is only step one. As spring ball is coming into swing we must continue to use the momentum generated in winter workouts, and couple the physical aspect of our strength and conditioning with the mental aspect of X’s and O’s.
Leadership will be a key ingredient to the success we wish to attain, and it will be polished and refined as we lay the foundation of this year’s team, starting March 20, 2009 with the first day of spring drills.
We have finished the first quarter of winter conditioning strong and have the same plan for quarter two.
Check back in, for updates.